A crowded slate of Republicans launched their effort to defeat Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet with a surprising tone of optimism in their first and last forum before meeting voters.
Seven candidates who met for a forum at the University of Denver on Thursday laid out a common theme -- we may not be well-known, but we can win.
The Colorado GOP faces an uphill battle knocking off Bennet, who is seeking a second term. That's because none of the GOP candidates has held federal office before, and none has anywhere close to Bennet's bankroll.
The candidates angled for support in Colorado's March 1 caucuses. Caucus-goers won't choose Senate candidates, but they'll start picking delegates to the state GOP convention in April. That's where Republicans will choose three Senate candidates guaranteed to make a June primary.